Bereaved Parents Seeking Hope
Bereaved parents. It’s the last label you’d ever want to apply to yourself, or anyone else for that matter. What’s more, it seems indelible.
Unquestionably, the pain is incredible. By any standard, the death of a child seems to break all the rules of what is fair, right, and just. But like the mother of Jesus demonstrates, it happens regardless of a parent’s faith, devotion, and heart.
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The Comfort of Shared Belief and Experience
- “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
- “And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” (Luke 23:43)
- “Blessed be are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
And while these words can provide solace and reassurance that your child’s death is not in vain, grieving parents often need additional help. With this in mind, we created Ian’s Place for Bereaved Parents as a gathering space for those who feel lost, alone, and abandoned.
A Faith-Based Community for Bereaved Parents
According to Scripture, seeking comfort from others who have experienced the same heartbreak only makes sense. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20). To that end, we are here to meet, pray, talk, listen, cry, and grieve with each other.
Although your pain will never cease, it will relent. Ian’s Place is open to both newly bereaved parents and those who have been grieving their child’s loss for years. When we gather together and share our stories, we remember that in fact, we are not alone. What’s more, we know that darkness continues to strike, but with love and support, you can move from despair to comfort to joy. “Therefore, you, too, have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” (John 16:22)
We Meet Bereaved Parents Where They Are
Regardless of where you are in your grief, we will meet you there. As parents who have experienced the loss of our own son, Ian, we know feelings are unpredictable. When you despair, we remind you: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) And when you need to share the love you feel for your child, we affirm: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
We Are Here to Listen
We want to meet you where you are on your journey.
We’ve Been Where You Are
You may not believe you will walk back into the light, but we can walk with you.
Healing Through Hope
With faith, love, and support you will find yourself healing through this journey.
Healing through hope
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Talk About Your Child to Other Bereaved Parents
Often, people who haven’t experienced the loss of the child fear discussing them. They’re afraid of inflicting further pain on the child’s bereaved parents. At Ian’s Place, we speak openly about our lost children, whether it’s to express grief or recount happy memories or commemorate special occasions. By doing this, we turn our backs on the darkness and walk back into the light, as God invites.
God Also Experiences Your Grief as Bereaved Parents
As Christians, we know Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus, despite knowing he would be soon raised from the dead. The son of God wasn’t sorrowful about the physical truth of death. Rather, he experienced the pain that people feel at the loss of a loved one.
Your anguish is real. As bereaved parents, the loss of your child is irrevocable. But through your grief, it’s important to remember that God shares your pain. And by gathering with people who believe in His promise, despite the loss of their own children, healing is possible. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
Don’t Be Alone in Your Bereavement
Above all, bereaved parents shouldn’t suffer in silence. Contrary to what you may feel, you are not alone. By meeting in a safe space, we can share our stories, witness each other’s grief, and pray for healing. God wants us to support one another, especially in the face of unimaginable pain. “Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:7)
Join Other Bereaved Parents
If you have suffered the loss of a child and don’t know where to go, join us. We offer a safe place where you can pray, mourn, cry, connect, and—yes—heal. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Please know that you are not alone. Reach out to Ian’s Place by calling us at 630-912-9426 or fill out the form on our contact page and we will get back to you soon.